Executive Board

2019-2020 Executive Board

Ted M. Coopman, Chair
Dillon Thomson, Vice Chair
Alese Colehour, Member-at-Large
Cas Casados, Member-at-Large
Sue Cummings, Treasurer
Eric Dill, Secretary
Noah R. Eber-Schmid, Member-at-Large

Meet your Executive Board

Ted M. Coopman

My spouse, dog and I just moved into the neighborhood in February 2016 although we have owned a home here since 2012. My association with Eugene goes back 20 years with yearly visits with our best friends. I am a college professor by-trade and teach online for San Jose State University and the University of Louisville where I am an adjunct faculty member. My areas of study are media law and policy and activists use of media and technology. We always knew that Jefferson-Westside is where we wanted to live and are so happy and excited to be here. Eugene is a dog and bike paradise! I have spent the last 25 years working with community and activist groups and look forward to putting my time, energy and expertise to work for our hood. Look for me mornings at Monroe Park throwing the ball for the dog (and picking up trash) and say hello.

Dillon Thomson

I have lived in Eugene since 2013 and in the Jefferson Westside Neighborhood since the summer of 2018. I have worked as a systems administrator for several nonprofits in town including Planned Parenthood, Cascadia Wildlands, and (currently) White Bird Clinic. I’ve been a committed ecology activist for the past decade and helped start my own nonprofit called Fertile Ground Environmental Institute to help combat false narratives touted by the fossil fuel industry and to make connections between environmental and social justice groups. My current interest is building community self-management by revitalizing a culture of civic participation in the neighborhood, through developing programs of mutual aid and participatory engagement.

Alese Colehour

I moved here from Minnesota seven years ago when my husband and I enrolled as graduate students at the University of Oregon (I have a BA in Biology from Macalester College and a MSc in Biological Anthropology from UO). I’ve been an employee with the White Bird crisis team and CAHOOTS since 2016. I also volunteer with the Oregon Community Asylum Network and recently became the sponsor to an asylum seeker from Nicaragua (If you are curious about how to support refugees living in our neighborhood, please get in touch!). As a new member of the board, I’d like to collaborate with the city and with our neighbors who are house-less to develop transitional housing opportunities. I have a baby named Cassidy who may be attending future meetings with me–please introduce yourself, we’d love to meet you!

Cas Casados

When I moved to Eugene, it was the first time I’d ever felt at home in my whole life. Living here, I’m “digging in” by getting involved in my neighborhood association as an act of claiming my belonging to this community. I love the walkability of our neighborhood and you’ll often catch me walking it– with friends, to the grocery store, to work, and to dance (I dance Latin and blues). My background’s in public policy and nonprofit work– especially with low-income and unhoused folks. In my time with JWN, I endeavor to spark hope for our collective future and to inspire my neighbors to get to know one another. Who’s on your block?

Sue Cummings

Sue has been on the JWN Board for about eight years and has lived in the neighborhood for somewhere around 15 years. She moved to Eugene with Tommy, her husband, in 1991. She would like to encourage everyone in the neighborhood, homeowners, renters, businesses and property owners, to attend JWN events. She feels that having a strong neighborhood association is important for keeping the JWN the beautiful, unique, livable, walkable, vibrant place we call home. She also hopes that everyone will support our special neighborhood businesses and artists, Cesar Chavez School, The Lane Events Center and groups like Friends of Trees and the OSU Extension Service. She really appreciates that so many people in our neighborhood like to walk, bike and garden.

Eric Dil

I was born in the Netherlands. After high school I moved to study in Amsterdam where I stayed until 2016. That year I moved here together with my husband who got a job as assistant professor in the Landscape architecture at the University of Oregon.

I received a BA and a MA in biology. After graduating I worked for twenty years for governmental organizations like the Ministry of Education, Culture & Science. During my high school I already was attracted to art history. I choose biology, but I later studied art history alongside my job. In 2009 I left my government job to start working in the cultural sector and in 2011 I took the next step, launching my own company: Eric Dil cultural project management.

As a passionate gardener who grew up in the Human-made landscape of the Netherlands I have developed a special interest in garden and landscape architecture. From October 2019 on I will join the PhD program of the Department of the History of Art and Architecture what offers me a great opportunity for a new chapter in my career.

Around 20 years I was involved in divers committees serving the little ‘neighborhood’ of the apartment complex of 95 households I was living in. For several years I was in the board of the Amsterdam Graphical Workshop and the board of Dropstuff, a cultural organization focused on digital art. Coming to the Jefferson Westside Neighborhood I wanted to support again my new community. I joined the board of JWN in April 2017.

Noah R. Eber-Schmid

I am a Faculty Fellow in the Department of Political Science at University of Oregon. I moved to Jefferson Westside in the summer of 2018. I grew up in New York and New Jersey and lived in Pennsylvania where I was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Bucknell University just prior to moving to Eugene. Within the field of political science, I am a political theorist specializing in the history of Anglo-American political thought and contemporary democratic theory. I have been active in politics to varying degrees for most of my life, having been involved in federal election campaigns, community activism, and civic outreach on a variety of issues. I am committed to deepening and expanding democratic participation, particularly at the neighborhood and local level. This commitment, combined with my interest in addressing housing, homelessness, and land use issues is what drove me to get more involved with JWN. You’ll often find me running, biking, and walking my dogs around the neighborhood.